Friday 2 September 2011

San Francisco to New York - #13# (Gothenburg,Omaha - Nebraska)

Interstate 76 at the Colorado border.

From the Omaha Native American word, Ní Btháska, meaning "flat water", after the Platte River that flows through the state.

Nebraska home of the Arbor Day is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. 


The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the High Sierra from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, from April 3, 1860 to October 1861. 

William Cody, aka Buffalo Bill legend and the folklore hero of the Pony Express.

 Pony Express Relay Station in Gothemburg,Nebraska.


Gothenburg founded by Swedish immigrants. 


Under the Homestead Act, thousands of new settlers migrated into Nebraska to claim free land granted by the federal government.

These first settlers mostly Germanic and Nordic people left civilised Europe to find themselves in the middle of nowhere in the most harsh conditions.

Many women commited suicide as a result of life's hardships and isolation in the middle of the Prairies.

Because so few trees grew on the prairies, many of the first farming settlers built their homes of sod.

Omaha, largest city of Nebraska.

In 1883 Omaha hosted the first official performance of the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show for eight thousand attendees.


"Vítáme Vás", "We welcome You" in the Czech neighborhood of Omaha.

Internationally renowned composer Antonin Dvorak wrote his Ninth ("New World") Symphony in 1893 based after visiting Omaha's robust Czech community.


More about Sokols here..

Soundtrack: Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska